Jazz? Blues? Gospel? What genre is this and where can I find more of it?


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There used to be a type of music often heard on synthesizer and arranger keyboard demos in the 80's and 90's.

It sounds like a blend of Blues, Gospel and Jazz. Here's a good example of what I'm talking about: https://soundcloud.com/russell-zhang%2Fyamaha-psr-740-demo
Have you come across other tunes that sound like this? What genre is it? How do we go about analyzing/learning its chord progressions?

Thanks!
 
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I'd put it in the funk genre. Smooth funk?
Thanks Scott.

While the latter piece can be labeled "Funk" rhythm-wise, what intrigues me most about both pieces is their non-conventional harmony. They don't sound like strict Jazz or Blues and displays a Gospel flavor.

I can confidently produce a typical Funk piece with Pop/Soul/Blues harmony, but I won't even know where to start harmony-wise on these two pieces. Especially the chord progressions towards the end of both.
 

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Any idea if those clips we're made strictly with a keyboard and voices?

They are both Yamaha demo midi songs that conform to XG voice tables. The first can be heard on several late 90's Yamaha arranger keyboards like PSR-8000 and PSR-740; the second might be from Yamaha's W5/W7 keyboards.
 
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@QMT, thanks for the response.

The capability of the keyboard to facilitate a complete piece of music like that is what I'm hoping to learn enough to take advantage of.
 

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@QMT, thanks for the response.

The capability of the keyboard to facilitate a complete piece of music like that is what I'm hoping to learn enough to take advantage of.

Yes MiddleC, that's exactly why I got into the world of MIDI and synthesizers back in the 90's. Those demo songs convinced me that I don't need the hassle of forming a band to create the kind of music I liked.

Here's a tune I wrote back in 2005 on just one Roland XP-30 (except the drum track done by a friend on a XV-5080 with SRX Card):

https://soundcloud.com/russell-zhang%2Fromance-of-the-fall
Nowadays the level of realism and expression we can pull out of software and hardware synths are mind-blowing. We live in the best times for one-man-bands!
 
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